University of Maine System

As college students await - and perhaps dread - the results of their semester final exams, the University of Maine System is launching what it hopes will serve as a lifeboat for some students who have had academic trouble this semester.

Former Connecticut Governor Chosen To Lead University of Maine System

May 30, 2019
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The University of Maine System has a new chancellor.  The system's board of trustees has chosen former Connecticult Gov. Dannel Malloy to replace outgoing Chancellor James Page, who is retiring June 30.

The University of Maine System announced on Tuesday that nearly a quarter of in-state undergrads at its public universities are receiving enough grants and scholarships to entirely cover their tuition and fees this semester.

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The outgoing chancellor of Maine's university system says the state is now on the "right path" for higher education, but still faces obstacles in the years ahead.

The University of Maine System is examining more than 30 programs across its campuses for potential improvement or consolidation, though officials say they would be surprised if any face elimination this year.

ORONO, Maine - The University of Maine System is expanding a program that allows high school students to take classes for college credit.

Enrollment across the University of Maine System is up this fall, and officials say it's driven by a new financial aid program and a boost in high schoolers taking college classes.

ORONO, Maine - Officials say enrollment in the University of Maine system has increased following a small decline last fall.

University of Maine Orono campus

Students enrolled in programs at the University of Maine System’s seven campuses will face an average financial increase of 2.3 percent next fall to cover the costs of tuition, fees and room and board.

The increases are tied to the annual rate of inflation, and nearly half of the fees will fund a 9.5 percent increase in student aid during the 2018-2019 academic year.

UMS board member and Republican gubernatorial candidate Shawn Moody voted against the increase, saying it was overly burdensome on students and their families.

The University of Maine System Board of Trustees is still working on refining its policy on political activity by employees.

The recently unveiled draft policy has drawn criticism from faculty and others because of fears they'd be prohibited from expressing their views and engaging in the political process.

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Beginning next year, first-year Maine students who qualify for federal Pell grants can attend the University of Maine at Presque Isle, Fort Kent, Augusta and Machias without being on the hook for tuition or student fees.

University of Maine Presque Isle President Raymond Rice says his school, and others in the UMaine System, are already doing a lot to reduce student debt, but it's still significantly higher then they'd like.

AUGUSTA, Maine - University of Maine System officials say students will likely see an increase in tuition and fees this fall.
The Portland Press Herald reports that officials said Sunday the additional tuition, fees and room and board costs will result in an overall increase of 2.9 percent. The increase would come after a six-year tuition freeze.
Officials say they intend to increase tuition annually, tied to the rate of inflation.

UMaine System to Seek Increase in State Funding

Sep 20, 2016

BANGOR, Maine -  The University of Maine System's Board of Trustees plans to ask lawmakers for a 12 percent increase in state funding over the current budget cycle.  

Dan Demeritt, communications director for the UMaine System, said the trustees decided to seek the increase over a three-year period, during their board meeting Monday in Fort Kent, to address a variety of funding needs.

Recommendations for implementing a new unified budget system for all of the campuses of the University of Maine were presented Monday to the University of Maine System Board of Trustees.

The proposal places an emphasis on collaboration among the campuses to reduce costs by creating a systemwide budget to replace the system in which each campus proposed its own budget to the trustees.

Board Chairman Sam Collins said the so-called One University initiative is predicated on collaboration among the seven campuses.

Budget gaps throughout the seven campuses of the University of Maine System have been common-place for years and were once projected to reach nearly $90 million dollars. But a series of cost-cutting measures are paying off for the university system which is pursuing additional restructuring under its One University Initiative. Trustees say the program will eliminate redundancies, but some faculty members say it's degrading the students' educational experience.